Chicago, IL.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA)
Prime Minister of Greece Alexi Tsipras continues his meeting in Chicago, IL, first stop of his 5-day long visit to the United States, before departing Monday afternoon for Washington, for his meeting with President Trump, on Tuesday at noon.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Democratic Minority Whip, followed by a working breakfast with the U.S. Senator and representatives of the Greek-American community.
“Very glad to meet with Senator Durbin today in Chicago. The USA’s support is very important for us,” Alexis Tsipras posted on his Twitter account.
The Prime Minister Greek was expected to express its gratitude for U.S. “in a period that Greece is recovering and is on a course of growth”.
More meetings with US officials, Greek-American entrepreneurs and Greekamerican organisations are included in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ programme on Sunday, including a reception at Chicago’s Hellenic Museum.
On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Tsipras attended a meeting with 12 leaders of prominent Chicago corporations from the sectors of energy, innovation, computing, high technology, airliners, real estate, funds and start-up participated in the meeting. The climate that prevailed could reflect the phrase “the Greek comeback” used by a large number of the participants and prime minister himself after the end of the meeting.
Endy Zemenidis (executive director HALC), Former State Treasurer of Illinois Alexi Giannoulias, Anthos Chrysanthou (tech startup translate.com), Richard Driehaus (Driehaus Capital), Martin Cabrera (Cabrera Capital), Maria Pappas (Treasurer of Cook County), Μary Barnicle (United Airlines), Michael Marks (managing director Cushman and Wakefield), Aaron Rice (Baker McKenzie), Ted Diamantidis (Diamond Importers), Kevin Johnson (Glidepath Solutions president, Clean Capital Board), Demetri Eliopoulos (managing director RMB Capital), Elias Boufis (Driehaus Private Equity) participated at the meeting.
“Greece does not only leave behind the crisis but also the model that led it to that” underlined Tsipras, according to government sources.
Prime Minister Tsipras had the opportunity to exchange views with the participants for almost two hours, answering their questions about the reforms that take place and are expected to minimize the red tape, making easier the creation of corporations. Tsipras praised the role of the Greek American Community, as the link that bonds Greece and the United States. HALC’s Endy Zemenides and Alexi Giannoulias were very helpful with Prime Minister’s Chicago schedule.
At night Tsipras had a dinner with John Calamos, whose company has aquire recently Ethniki Asfalistiki insurance company from the National Bank of Greece.
On Monday, Alexis Tsipras will address the Council on Global Affairs for a program on the state of cooperation between Greece and United States on economic and security issues in Southeast Europe. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will speak on “Greece As a Strategic Partner of the US.”
“Greece has reached the point of return to normality and growth,” argues Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to the Council’s program. Not too long ago the Hellenic Republic found itself at the heart of the Eurozone crisis and then at the forefront of the refugee and migrant crisis. Tsipras will describe how Greece confronted these challenges and outline his vision for the nation’s future, its role in a changing Europe, and its relations with the United States.
TSAKALOTOS – LAGARDE
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos sent the message that Greece will tap markets with or without the IMF, speaking at the IMF headquarters.
According to Michalis Ignatiou’s website, Tsakalotos agreed with IMF chief Christine Lagarde for a rapid review in order all the procedures that will assist the country to exit the memoranda to be completed quickly.
According to the same source, Tsakalotos’ meeting with Lagarde was held in a positive climate and both agreed that the third review must conclude until the end of the year in order the issue of the debt to be set.
IMF’s review is expected in February, said a well informed source adding that “the scenario for an agreement on the debt will be feasible then. This will offer us the time to prepare and facilitate Greece exit to the markets”.
The same source said that Athens wants the IMF in the programme because of its stance on the debt settlement and noted that “it will not bring us trouble to tap markets if the IMF withdraws from programme. Greece can survive without the IMF”.
Conveying a message from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Lagarde, Tsakalotos called the IMF to state clearly its position.
The economic staff said that Greece will meet its targets for 2018 primary surplus.
Moreover, Tsakalotos held a series of meetings with investors and also held discussions of political interest at the IMF’s headquarters.
Tsakalotos also met with Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass. The US official said that he supports IMF’ pressure for the debt and promised that Washington will press Germany for progress in the debt issue.